Provided by: fig2ps_1.5-1_all

NAME

       fig2ps,  fig2eps,fig2pdf - Convert xfig files in ps|pdf, processing all the text marked as
special with LaTeX.



SYNOPSIS

       fig2ps [-h|--help]

fig2ps [ options ] file1.fig [file2.fig ...]

fig2pdf [ options ] file1.fig [file2.fig ...]



DESCRIPTION

       fig2ps converts figures produced by XFig into postscript or PDF, processing the text  with
LaTeX. It takes advantage of the pstex and pstext_t export formats of fig2dev.

fig2ps  converts successively all the files given as arguments. It's behaviour is governed
by quite a few options. In all the options, the = sign is optional, so that

fig2ps --bbox=dvips file.fig

and

fig2ps --bbox dvips file.fig

are equivalent.



EXAMPLES

       To convert file.fig to PS:

fig2ps file.fig

To convert it to PDF:

fig2pdf file.fig

or

fig2ps --pdf file.fig

If the XFig file you want to convert to PDF contains included images, you  might  want  to
try:

fig2pdf --manual-ps2pdf file.fig



OPTIONS

       --gv, --nogv
If  on,  fig2ps  runs  gv on every file just after they are produced. On by default if
fig2ps thinks it is talking to a terminal (ie not from a  pipe).  You  might  want  to
switch that off when processing lots of files.

--xpdf
Views produced files with xpdf rather than gv.  Obviously, that won't be really useful
if you are producing PS files, you've been warned.

--viewer=command
Runs command rather than gv on the produced files.

--keep
Tells fig2ps to keep the temporary directory in which  temporary  files  are  created.
Useful  for  debugging.  If this option is on, fig2ps prints the name of the directory
when it has finished its job, so you know where to look.

--packages=pack1,pack2,...
Sets the package list to be used to pack1,pack2,....  Resets any package given by  the
PREAMBLE below.

Adds pack1,pack2,...  to the existing list  of  packages.  See  the  section  PREAMBLE
below. This option is cumulative.

--bbox=dvips|gs|a,b,c,d
Chooses  the  method  to  determine  the  bounding  box  of the files. See the section

--input=file
in  the  section PREAMBLE below. This option was written for a private use, though you
can of course profit from it. However, most of the times,  what  you  really  want  is
--add=file.  file will be looked for using kpsewhich.

--pdf, --nopdf
Whether  the  final  output  of  fig2ps  will  be  PDF  or  postscript. This option is
automatically when called as fig2pdf.  Note that in any case, fig2ps has to go through
Postscript output to produce a PDF file.

--eps
Change  the output default extension from .ps to .eps.  This is on by default when the
program is called as fig2eps.  It has no other effects.

--manual-ps2pdf
When producing PDF files, fig2ps uses epstopdf to perform  the  conversion.  This  may
lead to bad quality output with embedded pictures. The use of this option disables PDF
production by epstopdf and lets  ps2pdf  produce  the  final  output  PDF  (but  after
tweaking the PS file using epstopdf).  In general, this produces much better results.

--ps2pdf-options
When  --manual-ps2pdf  does  not  produce  output  of decent quality, you can use this
option  to  manually  feed  options  to  ps2pdf.   The  use  of  this  option  implies
--manual-ps2pdf.

--keepps
When producing a PDF file, asks fig2ps to keep the intermediary Postscript file.

--forcespecial, --noforcespecial
fig2ps only processes with LaTeX text which is marked as special in the Fig file. When
this option is on, all text is treated as if it was marked with the special flag.

--dvips=string
Passes string as options for dvips.

--fig2dev=string
Passes string as options for fig2dev.

--preamble=string
Adds  string  in  the  preamble  of  the  LaTeX  file  generated,  just   before   the
\begin{document} stanza. Effects are cumulative.

-V,  --version
Prints the version of fig2ps and exits.



CONFIGURATIONFILES

       Many  of  the  command-line  options can be set in either the system-wide (in /etc) or the
user configuration file  (in  the  user's  home  directory).  Some  more  details  can  be
configured  in  the  configuration  files.  Global  configuration  is overridden by users'
configuration which in turn is overridden by the command line options.  Here is a list  of
the variables you can define:

PACKAGES=pack1,pack2...
Defines the basic list of packages. See the PREAMBLE section.

Has  the same effect as the --add command-line option. Does not make too much sense in
the global configuration file, but you might want to use it in a personal one.

DOC_CLASS=class
Sets the document class used by LaTeX.

DOC_OPTIONS=Ioptions
Sets the options for the document class.

FORCE_SPECIAL=0|1
Sets the default for option --forcespecial.

GV=0|1
Sets the default for option --gv.

GV=file
Has the same effect as the --input command-line option.

PREAMBLE=string
Identical  to  the  --preamble  option,  with  the  slight  difference  that  the   in
configuration  files, it is not cumulative: the last assignment seen is the only taken
into account.

KEEP_PS=0|1
Sets the default for option --keepps.



PREAMBLE

       The preamble of the LaTeX file is built as such:

* if a --input file is specified, it will be used directly  with  a  \input  statement.  A
\documentclass statement will be added if the input file does not contain any.

* else,  a  preamble  is  made based on the values of DOC_CLASS, DOC_OPTIONS, and PACKAGES
(the latter is overridden by the --packages command-line  option).  See  below  for  the
format of the package variables.

Then, the packages specified using the ADD variable and the --add command-line options are
added to the preamble, followed by the geometry package that deals with setting  the  size
of  the  output  (tweaked  for fig2ps's purposes) and finally the contents of the PREAMBLE
variable and the --preamble command-line options.

The --packages and --add options, and the corresponding variables, take a comma  separated
list of packages. Options for the packages can be specified in two ways:

[option]package
in which you can only specify one option;

option1:option2:...:package
in  which  you can specify an arbitrary number of options, as long as you don't need a
comma inside an option. Should the need arise, use --preamble.



BOUNDINGBOX

       One of the delicate jobs of fig2ps is to set the bounding box of the produced  file,  that
is  the  rectangle that holds the figure. There are basically three ways for fig2ps to get
them:

dvips
In this mode, fig2ps runs dvips with the -E option. It works reasonably fine  most  of
the time, but it will produce incorrect results if you have rotated text near the edge
of the graph.

gs  Asks gs to tell the bounding box of the figure.  It  used  to  produce  systematically
perfect results, but the quality has degraded somehow recently. It still works in most
of the cases, and that is why it is the default. It fails on very large pictures.

a,b,c,d
Specify your bounding box by hand.

The benefits of using the last two methods is that fig2ps tells you how big the picture is
(in centimeters).



FILES

       /etc/fig2ps/fig2ps.rc, \$HOME/.fig2ps.rc

The examples/ directory in the source tarball contains some examples. Check fig2ps on them
to see if it works fine, but keep in  mind  that  fig2ps  will  choke  on  examples/Large-
example.fig !



SEEALSO

       xfig(1), fig2dev(1), latex(1), gv(1), gs(1), kpsewhich(1)

The Sourceforge project page at:

http://sourceforce.net/projects/fig2ps



AUTHOR

       This  script  was  written  by Vincent Fourmond, from an original idea of Seb Desreux (the
first script is for private use, and used the eepic export  of  xfig,  which  is  severely
limitated), improved by a few others...



BUGREPORTANDFEATUREREQUESTS

       Please use the tracker from the Sourceforge project page:

https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=125824